Culture, Leadership, Management, Planning

Employees leave the workplace for many reasons, some that can be resolved if the new hire is set up to succeed from the start.  That is why the onboarding process is so important.

Here are some helpful ideas you can start implementing right away in your business:

1 – Contact the new hire before they start.  Make sure someone is reaching out to them between their accepted offer and their start date.  Perhaps even something as small as having their new manager call and give a brief introduction.  Or have HR email them a simple reminder of their start day/time with first-day instructions.  Either of these can help the new hire feel they made the right choice.

2 – Set up a portal for the new hire.  Give them online access so they can start learning about the company or fill out important forms before they start.  You don’t want them to spend their entire first day filling out paperwork.

3 – Good first impressions will make their first day memorable.  Take them on a tour of the building.  Introduce them to other employees in the same department.  Have their desk ready with everything they need and maybe a small welcome package.  Schedule a lunch with their new manager.

4 – Assign them a mentor who works in the same department.  This gives them a go-to person in case they have questions, comments, or concerns.  Make sure the mentor demonstrates leadership skills.

5 – Set defined expectations.  Ensure the new hire knows his/her new responsibilities and is familiar with the company’s vision/goals.  Communicate clearly with the new hire and make sure their manager checks in with them often to see how things are going.

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If you’re looking for top talent for your company, you will need to stand out from your competition and make a great first impression.  In most cases, you have a limited amount of time to sell your opportunity to a job seeker, so how can you entice someone to join your team?

Have an elevator pitch prepared.  That’s right, it’s not just for job seekers.  It’s also for employers who need to impress quality workers.  Your pitch should be no longer than 1-minute in length. Focus on the top selling points to keep job seekers engaged and excited.

Here are a few things to add to your pitch:

  • Share any career growth opportunities.  What does that look like at your company? Many job seekers don’t have a way to grow within their current companies, so they look elsewhere.  Tell them how you invest in your employees.
  • Explain your employee benefits.  Share information about healthcare, vacation time, employer-provided education benefits, and any other benefits that might put your company first on their list.
  • Brag about your company culture.  If you have an amazing culture and positive employee morale, brag about it.  Share stories of past parties or upcoming events that will make the job seeker want to be a part of your company.

Have your elevator pitch ready at all times.  You never know when you might run into someone who’s perfect for your company.  Maybe even have it typed up in a one-page document that you can share via text or email.  When you hire the right individuals, your business will improve productivity and profitability.

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Employee Engagement, Leadership, Management, Success, Teamwork

The holiday season is a festive time filled with work parties and other exciting engagements.  But, it’s important to stay focused and successfully keep your staff engaged and productive during this time.

Making more sales isn’t the only thing your business should be focused on.  Remember, your employees are stressed from an overload of interaction with customers, and a lengthy to-do-list before the end of the year.  It’s important for leaders to empower their staff this time of year.  Learn to engage your team members, to boost morale and keep a happy culture.

Here are a few ways to engage your employees:

Listen to your employees.  Include them in important decision making.  Ask for their input.  And acknowledge them for their efforts.

Have regular interactions with your staff.  Remind them they’re part of a team, and this consistency will allow them to stay focused, helping them achieve their goals, boosting their confidence.

Don’t micromanage.  Let them take the lead in heated discussions or customer issues.  Show your employees that you trust and value them.  This also boosts their confidence and makes them feel wanted.

These small details can make a huge difference between a successful holiday season and a stressful one.  Proper engagement leads to a positive culture.  Commit to these tasks and you’ll have a winning end to your year, and happy employees too.

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Communication, Lead Generation, Marketing, Success

For 2019, you’ll want to get creative with your marketing ideas.  Your ultimate goal is to attract new customers.  Business owners really need to think outside the box when it comes to getting people’s attention.

Here are a few different marketing ideas to consider using this coming year:

Have contests and giveaways.  Everyone loves to WIN.   Don’t ask too much from your followers in order for them to enter.  Focus more on how you’re getting others to participate.  Focus less on what you’re giving away.  But make sure to align your prize with your target audience.

Use attention grabbing images.  The images you use in digital marketing must tell others what your company is all about.  People should want to click on it because it’s captured their attention.  Put time into these graphics.  The ideas is to hook them before they even visit your website.

Post more pictures and videos on social media.  Give your audience a better idea of who you are and what your business is all about, behind the scenes.  This shows off the authenticity of your business, and allows you to build relationships through engagement.

Create a company blog.  People turn to the Internet to find engaging content.  They want value.  Your goal is for them to visit your website and click on your blog, to find answers to their questions, and to gain real value from your expertise.

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Are you hoping to make the new year more profitable?  More productive?  More successful?  If you plan on making the coming year ahead a real turning point in your business, then you’ll need to consider some of these strategies for success.

1 – Don’t think of the year as a whole.  Break it down into monthly metrics.  Make sure to have quarterly goal-planning reviews of your marketing plan.  And keep a close eye on your results.

2 – Don’t attempt everything by yourself.  Contact your allies, referral sources, and partners to help you grow your business.  Build relationships and collaborate more this coming year.

3 – Plan, Plan, Plan.  Map out what needs to get done, and when it’s going to get done.  Break down specific tasks into blocks of time each day, or each week.  Stay on track with your goals for each month, each quarter, and each year.

4 – Embrace the new year.  Letting go and making changes can be scary and uncomfortable.  But, embracing new ideas to move ahead in your business has proven to be very successful.

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Appreciation, Communication, Culture, Leadership, Teamwork

The holidays are the perfect time to bring team-building activities to any company.  They help relieve stress and teach employees to work together more effectively.

Here are some fun team-building activities:

– Divide employees into teams.  Challenge the teams to raise money or items for charity. The idea is to get the team members to work together toward a goal.  Decide on a suitable prize for the winning team.

– Start a Secret Santa project.  Decide on a cost limit as a team.  Have each team member write down on a piece of paper their name, some gift ideas, and something about themselves that others might not know.  Pass out a name to each person.  Reveal the secret gifts at a company holiday party.

– Give employees an intellectual challenge.  Organize a scavenger hunt in the office.  Divide employees into small teams, and supply them with a set of clues for finding certain items.  After they’ve all been found, donate them to a local strategic partner or shelter.

– Have a decorating contest.  Encourage employees to decorate their offices in a departmental theme.  Each department will work together to come up with ideas.  Make it fun and encourage original ideas.  Have a potluck dinner to hand out prizes to the winning team(s).

Team building activities bring the workplace closer and promotes healthy company culture.  The holidays are a great time of year to provide these opportunities to your staff.

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Productivity, Success, Time Management

With our lives becoming more busy these days, we need to find a way to help prioritize our time.  Here are some simple ideas to help make your time in the office less stressful.

  1. Plan your day the night before.  Try to figure out how long each task with take, so you can map out your day.  Make sure to include your morning routine and your lunch break.  Making a list of these timed tasks will help you stay on a routine throughout the day.
  2. Be flexible.  You may need to adjust your schedule for new projects or other unplanned things that come up during your day.  To do this, add a couple 15-minute slots into your schedule with no tasks.  You can use these to catch-up on unplanned tasks, to read or go for a walk, or to just get ahead on your to-do list.
  3. Do the most important tasks first.  Plan to take on the tougher, more important projects first, when you’re the most alert and ready to work.  Plus, you won’t have to worry about them for the rest of the day.
  4. Eliminate distractions.  Don’t check your phone and email all day long.  Give yourself 5 or 10 minutes at the top of every hour, or every 2 hours, to check your messages or respond to emails.  This will help keep you focused and on track.
  5. Stay mindful.  Keep your calendar close and your desk clear of clutter.  Remain mindful of where you are, giving yourself ample space to work, and checking tasks off your list as you go.   
  6. Delegate some projects.  Put some trust in others and give some of your not-so-fun work to someone who doesn’t mind doing it.  When we work on tasks we don’t like, if often pushes us off course because we find ways to avoid them.  Try to only work on tasks you enjoy.  It really does make a difference.

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Communication, Planning, Public Speaking, Success

If you were asked to speak in front of a room full of professionals, or colleagues, what would you do?  Would you gladly walk to the stage, or sprint in the opposite direction?

Most of us would probably decline the offer because of insecurities, nervousness, expectations, or whatever stops us from agreeing to take on the task.

Do your hands sweat?  Do your knees shake? Does your heart pound fast? Here’s the thing…even the best public speakers have had these happen to them .  They just may not feel it as strongly as you do because of experience.  Speaking in front of a large crowd is not the most natural activity for anyone.  But, if you want to get better at it, you’ll need to prepare and practice.

If you’re in introvert, you’re more likely to get overstimulated and overwhelmed when a room full of people focus on you.  If you’re an extrovert, you’re more likely to thrive on the excitement, even get energized by the thought of actively engaging with your audience.

There isn’t an official checklist to change someone into an instant public speaker.  But if you want to learn to become a better public speaker, you’ll need to remember these 3 key principles:  Prepare. Practice. Feedback.

You’ll also want to dive deeper into the following:
Be OK with your feelings (like shyness or nervousness).  Recognize them but don’t let them stop you. It’s a natural feeling and it’s part of the process.
Remember to communicate with your audience.  Pay attention to them, instead of feeling self-conscious about yourself.  Find out who they are and what they need.
Plan ahead.  Figure out the best way to get your message out.  Find the perfect way to keep your listeners’ attention.
Outline what you plan to say.  Don’t write out your speech word-for-word. You want your language to feel natural, not scripted.
Listen to your audience.  Don’t just talk to the crowd, communicate by listening as well.  If you speak about a topic that interests your audience, your speech should engage them in great conversation.
Be yourself and be confident.  People notice when others are fake.  Be genuine.  Be yourself.  Focus on your passion and run with it.  Your audience will appreciate you!

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Communication, Goal Setting, Leadership, Networking, Success

All business owners interact with other professionals to exchange information and develop some kind of working relationship.  But, if you’re always stressed and feel insecure or uncomfortable in networking situations, then I have some tips to help.

Always Show Up
Make sure you show up, even if you don’t want to.  You’d be surprised at how many people are motivated to meet you and share valuable info about themselves.

Think Strategy
Try and seek out who’s attending, and then plan to meet that person about 5 mins before lunch, or dinner (if it’s an evening event).  More often than not, he/she will ask you to sit with them.  Here’s your opportunity!! Have business cards ready to share!

Be Confident
Always enter a room smiling and ready to have a good time.  Put your phone away.  Stand up straight.  Look friendly and eager to connect. And wear your name tag on your right shoulder to it’s easy to see when shaking hands.

Mingle Around Food
Food and conversation go hand-in-hand.  Hold your drink with your left hand so you’re right hand is free for handshakes.  Don’t go to the event overly-hungry.  And always remember your manners.

Care About Others
Show how you’re willing to help.  Provide introductions or offer resources.  Follow through on commitments to display trust.  Remember, this is all about building relationships!

Follow-Up
Make sure you mail a note or email the professionals you received business cards from.  Let them know how much you enjoyed meeting them and that you’re glad they’re part of your network.

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Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership, Productivity, Success

Employee engagement indicates how happy/content employees are in their jobs.  It goes beyond activities, games, and events.  Engaged employees see the whole company and understands their purpose/vision.  They also know exactly where and how they fit in.

When a company has employees who are engaged appropriately, they get the following:

– High levels of productivity
– Better retention rates
– Better decision making
– Increased sense of health and well-being
– Decreased healthcare costs
– Boost to their bottom line

Having engaged employees lead to a great company culture, which can be a powerful way of transforming an organization.

Employers should make sure their employees:

– Feel that their work is meaningful and makes a difference
– Feel valued, trusted, and respected
– Feel secure and self-confident

An effective engagement strategy and a highly engaged workforce is more likely to retain top performers and attract new talent.  This leads to a more successful organization!

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